Hershey Bears announce promotion schedule for 2022-23 season, date for Teddy Bear Toss Game

The Hershey Bears released their promotion schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 season on Wednesday. The team’s season opener will be held at Giant Center on Saturday, October 15. The first 8,000 fans will receive magnet schedules for the upcoming season. The Bears will also hold an Opening Night Red Carpet Event out front of Giant Center.

The Bears’ wildly popular Teddy Bear Toss Night, nicknamed Sweet Cuddly Mayhem after Zack Fisch’s famous call, returns on Sunday, January 29 at 3 PM against the Bridgeport Islanders.

Last year, Bears fans broke their own world record from 2019 by heaving 52,341 stuffed animals onto the ice. Nearly five bears per person were thrown onto the ice by the capacity crowd of 10,514.

Recently retired Chris Bourque will have his number 17 retired by Hershey two weeks prior on January 14th, 2023. The team will wear special jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off afterward.

Other notable promotion nights include a Bobblehead Night for the first 4,000 fans on Friday, March 3, versus the Toronto Marlies — though the player featured has not been named yet. The Bears will also be giving away free t-shirts to all fans on Saturday, March 4, against the Providence Bruins. Free candy will be given out to fans 12-years-old or younger during the Bears’ Halloween Game on October 30. Beyond Bourque’s number retirement on January 14, other specialty jersey nights will be on November 20, 2022, and March 26, 2023 .

The team will also hold a team photo/meet-the-team event on December 4 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The first 4,000 fans will get a free team photo that they can get signed during the 75-minute meet-and-greet with players after the game.

The full promotion calendar can be viewed on the Hershey Bears website here.

The Hershey Bears’ press release follows:


GIANT Teddy Bear Toss, three Hersheypark Pass Nights, and great giveaways highlight promotional schedule

(Hershey, PA- August 10, 2022) – The Hershey Bears announced today single game ticket information and key promotional nights for the 2022-23 season, presented by Penn State Health.

Single game tickets to all games at GIANT Center will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 10 am Fans are encouraged to buy online and save—All season long, guests may enjoy the lowest ticket prices and save big when they purchase tickets online for Hershey Bears home games.

An exclusive Season Ticket Holder presale to purchase tickets to all Hershey Bears home games will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31. Further information will be communicated to Season Ticket Holders.

The latest Bears promotional schedule is available at HersheyBears.com. All promotional nights are subject to change, and additional promotional nights may be added at later dates.

Here are some of the promotional schedule highlights that fans should know as they plan to visit GIANT Center this season:


The club’s world famous GIANT Teddy Bear Toss returns on Sunday, Jan. 29 as the Bears host the Bridgeport Islanders at 3 pm When Hershey scores its first goal of the game, fans litter the ice with thousands of teddy bears and stuffed animals that are donated to local charities as part of the club’s Hershey Bears Cares program. Hershey holds the Teddy Bear Toss world record, collecting 52,341 stuffed animals for local children last season. This special event has become a phenomenon across the globe, and it’s truly a game that all fans must circle on their calendars.


The Bears will once again host three Hersheypark Pass Nights this upcoming season, with each of these games occurring on a Sunday. All fans who attend Hershey’s Nov. 13, Jan. 8, or Feb. 26 game will get a one-day admission to Hersheypark valid through Jun. 30, 2023.


The 2022-23 campaign is Hershey’s 85th anniversary season, and the organization will hold two special nights to celebrate some of the club’s greatest players. On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Bears will host Chris Bourque Jersey Retirement Night as number 17 is raised to the rafters. The club will also wear a specialty jersey that evening that will be auctioned off post game. Additionally, Hall of Fame Night is slated for on Saturday, Mar. 18, as the Bears will induct the most recent Hershey Bears Hockey Club Hall of Fame classes.


Hershey opens the 2022-23 season with PNC Bank Magnet Schedule Night for the first 8,000 fans on Saturday, Oct. 15 vs Utica. Additional giveaway highlights including UGI Bobblehead Night for the first 4,000 fans on Friday, Mar. 3. The player featured on the bobblehead is a secret for now, but details will be released at a later date. Saturday, Mar. 4 is Penn State Health T-Shirt Night for all fans, while Tuesday, Apr. 11 is Fairview Golf Course Bears Logo Chip Night for the first 4,000 fans. Further giveaway nights are expected to be added to the promotional schedule soon.


The Bears are proud to host Hometown Heroes Night on Saturday, Nov. 12 (Military) and Friday, Jan. 13 (First Responders, presented by ServPro). Hershey will also host its Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Sunday, Nov. 20. This impactful evening will feature a specialty jersey that will be auctioned off post game to help those in need.


The Bears are excited to welcome back the return of several fan favorite events that allow members of the Bear Nation to meet their favorite players. To kickstart the season on Opening Night on Saturday, Oct. 15, the club will host a Home Opener Red Carpet Event outside the GIANT Center. Additionally, Team Autograph Night is back on Sunday, Dec. 4, featuring a team photo giveaway, presented by David A. Smith Printing for the first 5,000 fans. The final game of the regular season on Saturday, Apr. 15 is the club’s ever-popular Jerseys Off Our Back Night, as fans will have a chance to win a jersey right off the back of their favorite Bears player. These events are subject to change pending league protocols.

Hershey is set to open the club’s 85th season, presented by Penn State Health, versus the Utica Comets at 7 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15 at GIANT Center. Fans may join the Season Ticket Holder community with plans starting at less than $12 per game. Choose your games and seats with Full and Partial plans available now. Click HERE for more.

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